Dubai: It was really a glittering magnificent show with hundreds of bodybuilders from all over the world participated in the first ever “Mr. International Indian 2015-16 Championship” organised by Team Dubai Indians, presented by Rhythm Events under the aegis of Emirates Bodybuilding Federation & General Authority of Youth & Sports Affairs, UAE on 30th of January, 2016 at Al Nasr Leisureland Ice Rink wherein a mighty high LED lighted stage was set up with all settings of international standards witnessed by both Emiratis and Asians sports liking audience throughout the day till late evening.
The morning session started around 11.00 am as Shodhan Prasad who is part of the organising team welcomed the sportive audience and introduced Team members Imran Khan, Afroz Assadi, Eusub Ansar, Asif Baikady, Sirajuddin, Abdul Mukhtar, Abdul Rahman & Chiranjith Hegde on the stage. The inauguration commenced with a prayer and opening up the qualifying rounds for all the participants who were finalized the previous day with trunk numbers categorized into qualified weight categories.
The whole competition was professionally judged by 12 member International judges under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Hamid Al Ansari of UAE Police who was the Head of Judge Committee along with Khaled Al Shamsi, Abdul Majid Yezbag, Adil Al Fosani, Waleed Abdul Karim, Jasim Ashkanani, Chassib Al Khaisi, Mohd. Khair Alzol, Farzad Sanini (former Bodybuilding Champion of Iran), Suleiman Azadi who are all International Judges of UAE and Khasim Yazbag who is the World Champion in bodybuilding and also known as the middle judge & Hassan Lashein who is the former Arab Champion, Egypt Champion, Mediteranian Champion, International Refree and Refree of this event co ordinated throughout with Abdul Majid Yezbag who compiled the marks online on the spot following the international standards and was declaring the results instantly.
As expected there were more than 400 registered contestants out of which many got drop out because of either no official documents and/or were not able to participate as per the required criteria of the competition. Finally listed were 140 plus contestants out of which around 87 were adjudged qualified after the weighing round which took place in Banquet Hall of Zammoradah in Karama on 29th of January, 2016 from 5 PM till late night in the presence of the International Judges Committee who were the final decision makers.
The confirmed 87 contestants in the age group 60 kg., 70 kg., 80 kg., 90 kg., 100 kg. & above 100 kg. categories participated one by one flexing their muscles to the widest possible different postures with the glittering colours on their body which reflected on the back side LED boards impressing all the judges who ably adjudged the whole session, ticking appropriate marks as per the international judging standards. Wherever the judges wanted the contestants to repose, they have done it with all politeness and sincerity.
To make this competition a free and fair event, non Indian judges were appointed who really put their whole effort wisely and truly to identify 6 finalists from each category except for the +100 kgs. which had 3 finalists, totaling 33 finalists. This process took around fourvhours which concluded at around 3 pm in the noon.
After a break of 2 hours the final round of this international competition started at around 5 PM with Chief Guest Abdul Karim Mohd Saed (2nd Vice President EBBF), Brig. Gen. Hamid Al Ansari and the Guest of Honour ‘The Great Khali’ the living giant of WWE along with his Manager Sarabjith Kaur (fondly known as BulBul Singh in the wrestling rings) witnessing the finals. RJ Harsha took over the afternoon session which started with singing of National Anthem of both UAE & India by the students of GEMS Indian School, Angeline Abraham, Jehoash Jonah, Kaelin Sanfrancis, Mathew Joshua, Rithy Rachel Soj, Riya Mary Bino, Shannon Fernandes, Sivani Suresh, Subulakshmi Somasundaram, Sundareswaran Sharma & Vishnu Suresh Kumar who respectively presented witnessed by standing audience too. While the Team Dubai Indians and Members of Emirates Bodybuilding Federation were also on the stage.
Flower bouquet were presented to all the Guests on Stage and Harsha handed over the stage once again to Hassan Lashein, the International Refree to continue with the final rounds with 36 finalists.
The final rounds went on interesting with weight categories set of six presenting as group as well as individual presentations with background music which made the event more gracious with each contestants flexing their muscles to the musical tunes differently. There were huge applause as well as cheers from their supporters and fans from the audience every now and then.
INDIAN & ARABIC CULTURAL FOLKS
To add spice and flavour there were various dances beautifully presented by Body & Soul Group with Natasha, Liubov, Abigail, Chris, Imran, Hicham, Maricar, Subodh, Fatma, Rose Vila, Brayan, Mary & El Hassan who showcased Arabic Dance, Step Dance, Aerobic Indian Dance & Sumba Dance while another group from ‘CLASSICAL RHYTHMS’ presented Indian Classical Fusion Dance comprising of Bharthanatyam, Kathak, Kuchupudi, Odissi and Mohiniattam classically performed by Ishani, Aditi, Bhavna, Tanvi, Yuktha, Smriti & Prerana. All these dances were scheduled in between different weight groups competition and were smoothly conducted.
All the contestants who participated but lost in this competition were invited on to the stage and presented with Memento individually and Certificate of Participation and the honours were done by the Team Dubai Indians on the stage.
From the 36 finalists the judges adjudged the final six winners in each category with Winners and five place holders as Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Runner-up respectively category wise. Except for the top six all others were presented with Cup, Certificate of participation while the first runner-up was additionally honoured with Rs.50,000/- cheque and the second runner-up was presented with Rs.25,000/- cheque
TITLE & WINNERS:
The final six were again invited on to the stage for the final rounds of Title. The following were finally judged and honoured accordingly:-
1st place title holder “Champion of the Champions” Mr. Intl. Indian 2015-16 – Sunit Jadav who along with the Title received Rs.1 Million prize money, Cup, Medal, Certificate and Special Gift Hamper from Thumbay Group.
2nd place was grabbed by Vipin Peter who along with the title received Rs. 5 Lakhs, Cup, Medal, Certificate & Special Gift Hamper from Thumbay Group.
3rd place was clinched by Ram Niwas Chand who along with the title received Rs.2.5 lakhs, Cup, Medal, Certificate & Special Gift Hamper from Thumbay Group.
4th place was won by Anil Ghochikkar who along with the title received Rs. 1 Lakh, Cup, Medal & Certificate of appreciation.
5th place was Sumeet Balbir Singh who along with the title received Rs. 1 Lakh, Cup, Medal & Certificate of appreciation.
6th place was Suraj Reshm Kalathinkal who along with the title received Rs. 1 Lakh, Cup, Medal & Certificate of appreciation.
All the winners were honoured by ‘The Great Khali’, Abdul Karim Mohd. Saed, Walid Abdul Karim, Khalid Bilooshi, Sarabjit Kaur, Farzad Samimi and Members of Team Dubai Indian while the top sixes were honoured by the Sponsors of the event present during the event. Imran Khan the founder of the Team Dubai Indian concluded the vote of thanks.
RJ Harsha, Shodhan Prasad & Hassan Lashein smoothly conducted the whole programme flawlessly. Ladies team comprising of Ashwini & Sayeeda along with Adarsh, Kausar & Sameer Bolar volunteered throughout dedicatedly. The entire process of the Championship event was professionally conducted to international standards though this was the maiden attempt by Team Dubai Indians, captured by most of the medias who witnessed the show throughout.